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How the war in Ukraine will shape Canada’s energy policy — and climate change

How the war in Ukraine will shape Canada’s energy policy — and climate change

by Mark Winfield Major wars are often watershed moments in history. Their outcomes define governance structures, politics and policy directions for decades, even centuries, to come. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine already seems certain to have these kinds of effects at the national, regional and global scales. The invasion has quickly come to dominate political and

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What is clean electricity?

What is clean electricity?

Ontario’s nuclear plan raises questions about what is “clean” energy and the need for open, evidence-based decision-making around net-zero pathways. by Mark Winfield,  Colleen Kaiser In December, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced it will work with GE Hitachi to develop a new 300MW nuclear power reactor at the provincially owned utility’s Darlington site. The news was presented as

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Ontario on track to see major increases in greenhouse gas emissions

Ontario on track to see major increases in greenhouse gas emissions

Add pollution and costs from electricity generation to that list too By Mark WinfieldColleen Kaiser The Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Annual Planning Outlook report released last week contains some very bad news for Ontarians in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, air quality, and future electricity costs. The directions laid out in the report also present

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Families of Quebec seniors who died in long-term care split on idea of public inquiry

Families of Quebec seniors who died in long-term care split on idea of public inquiry

While some feel only a full public inquiry will get answers, others fear it would be a waste of time In interview with Prof Mark Winfield As opposition politicians at the National Assembly unite in calls for a full public inquiry into the deaths of seniors at long term-care homes during the first wave of

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Ontario’s return to the business of building roads to sprawl

Ontario’s return to the business of building roads to sprawl

By Prof. Mark Winfield Twenty-five years ago, Mike Harris’s “common sense revolution” heralded a of shredding the province’s planning rules, and proposals for a network of highway expansions in every direction outward across the Greater Toronto Area. The government’s plans prompted a backlash. Harris’ approach was widely seen as a strategy for sprawling urban development that threatened the

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How Ontario's cities can help address climate change and meet COP26 agreement goals

How Ontario's cities can help address climate change and meet COP26 agreement goals

In the days since nearly 200 countries signed on to a deal at COP26 in Scotland, experts in Toronto say cities and municipalities have an important role to play in addressing climate change. Nick Westoll reports. Interview with Prof Mark Winfield. By Nick Westoll Posted Nov 20, 2021, 9:06PM EST. It’s been a week since an agreement was

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Canada's key role at COP26

Canada's key role at COP26

Canada's key role at COP26 In interview with Prof Mark Winfield By Caryn Ceolin Posted Oct 31, 2021, 3:41PM EDT. Last Updated Oct 31, 2021, 5:06PM EDT. Summary World leaders are gathering in Glasgow for COP26 to confront what climate scientists warn is the disaster ahead. Experts want to see more ambitious national emissions reduction targets

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Election campaign featured big climate promises, but can the federal government deliver?

Election campaign featured big climate promises, but can the federal government deliver?

by Mark Winfield The outcome of the recent federal election — a Liberal minority dependent on the NDP or Bloc Québécois for support — has been widely seen as having a “Groundhog Day” aspect to it. It left the composition of Parliament very much as it was before, reinforcing questions about the necessity of the

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Mark Winfield

Mark Winfield

Professor MES Program Coordinator, MES/JD Program Coordinator, Co-Chair, Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) Credentials PhD Political Science, University of TorontoMA Political Science, University of TorontoBA (Honours) Science & Technology Studies, University of Toronto Research Keywords Sustainable Energy; Climate Change; Environmental Policy; Environmental Law. Graduate Supervision I supervise students in the graduate programs in MES, MES/JD and Environmental Studies Ph.D.

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Addressing Global Challenges to a Canadian Low-Carbon Energy Transition

Addressing Global Challenges to a Canadian Low-Carbon Energy Transition

Project Investigator: Mark Winfield. Funding: SSHRC Insight Grant. Term: 2021-2023. The proposed project will build on and expand the research, Canadian and international partnerships and networks, and knowledge mobilization infrastructure in the area of sustainable energy transitions and climate change policy. The major outputs of the project will include two books: 1) an edited volume

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